Parking charges hit lights

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VISITORS to Skegness’s Christmas lights switch-on had their festive spirits dampened by Scrooge-like parking charges imposed in defiance to the season of good will, it has been argued.

Mayor of Skegness Coun Steve Kirk said he had received a ‘significant number’ of complaints from visitors who were aggrieved at having to pay to park in the East Lindsey District Council owned car park behind the Hildreds Centre.

Speaking at a town council meeting on Wednesday he said: “It’s Christmas and we invite people to our town and we want them to spend money, but East Lindsey ask them to pay to park their car.

“The issue is surely that for four nights of the year we could have a little free parking as a gesture of festive good will.”

Chairman of East Lindsey District Council Coun Dick Edgington suggested the Mayor write to ELDC explaining the complaints and requesting they wave the charges on late night shopping nights.

Aside from the parking complaints, Coun Kirk was full of praise for the switch-on and the Hildreds Centre for organising it.